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  • 3D NAND SATA SSD for capacities up to 2TB with enhanced reliability.
  • An active power draw up to 25% lower than previous generations of WD Blue SSD
  • Sequential read speeds up to 560MB/s and sequential write speeds up to 530MB/s.
  • An industry-leading 1.75M hours mean time to failure (MTTF) and up to 500 terabytes written (TBW) for enhanced reliability.
  • WD F.I.T. Lab certification for compatibility with a wide range of computers.
  • Free downloadable software to monitor the status of your drive and clone a drive, or backup your data.
  • Includes a 5-year limited warranty so upgrading your storage is worry-free.
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  • 3D NAND SATA SSD for capacities up to 2TB with enhanced reliability.
  • An active power draw up to 25% lower than previous generations of WD Blue SSD
  • Sequential read speeds up to 560MB/s and sequential write speeds up to 530MB/s.
  • An industry-leading 1.75M hours mean time to failure (MTTF) and up to 500 terabytes written (TBW) for enhanced reliability.
  • WD F.I.T. Lab certification for compatibility with a wide range of computers.
  • Free downloadable software to monitor the status of your drive and clone a drive, or backup your data.
  • Includes a 5-year limited warranty so upgrading your storage is worry-free.
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Ready for your high performance computing needs, a WD Blue 3D NAND SATA SSD offers high capacity, enhanced reliability, and blazing speed.The WD Blue 3D NAND SATA SSD utilizes 3D NAND technology for capacities up to 2TB with enhanced reliability. Featuring an active power draw up to 25% lower than previous generations of WD Blue SSDs, youa?re able to work longer before recharging your laptop, while sequential read speeds up to 560MB/s and sequential write speeds up to 530MB/s give the speed you want for your most demanding computing applications. Combined with the free, downloadable WD SSD Dashboard software and a 5-year limited warranty, you can confidently upgrade your system to the WD Blue 3D NAND SATA SSD. As used for storage capacity, one terabyte (TB) = one trillion bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending on operating environment. Active power draws are up to 25% lower during sequential reads than previous generations of WD Blue SSD at the 500GB capacity point. As used for transfer rate or interface, megabyte per second (MB/s) = one million bytes per second and gigabit per second (Gb/s) = one billion bits per second. MTTF = Mean Time To Failure based on internal testing using Telcordia stress part testing. TBW (terabytes written) values calculated using JEDEC client workload (JESD219) and vary by product capacity.

  • Brand: Western Digital
  • Series: Blue
  • Model: WDS500G2B0B
  • Device Type: Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
  • Used For: Consumer
  • Form Factor: M.2 2280
  • Capacity: 500GB
  • Memory Components: 3D NAND
  • Interface: SATA III
  • Max Sequential Read: Up to 560 MBps
  • Max Sequential Write: Up to 530 MBps
  • 4KB Random Read: Up to 95,000 IOPS
  • 4KB Random Write: Up to 84,000 IOPS
  • MTTF: Up to 1.75M hours
  • Height: 2.23mm
  • Width: 22.00mm
  • Depth: 80.00mm
  • Weight: 7.00g
  • M.2 2280
  • 500GB


  • WD Blue WDS500G2B0B 500GB M.2 Internal Solid State Drive

Brand: Western Digital


UPC: 718037856261

Compatibility: M.2 2280

Packaging: Retail

Condition: New

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Product Details

Western Digital
Device Type
Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Used For
Form Factor
M.2 2280
Memory Components
Max Sequential Read
Up to 560 MBps
Max Sequential Write
Up to 530 MBps
4KB Random Read
Up to 95,000 IOPS
4KB Random Write
Up to 84,000 IOPS
Up to 1.75M hours
High capacity with enhanced reliability
A WD Blue 3D NAND SATA SSD uses Western Digital 3D NAND technology not only for higher capacities (up to 2TB) than the previous generation WD Blue SSDs, but also to help reduce cell-to-cell interference for enhanced reliability.

Enhanced power efficiency
Offering improved endurance, a WD Blue 3D NAND SATA SSD features an active power draw up to 25% lower than previous generations of WD Blue SSDs. And with less power used, you're able to work longer before recharging your laptop.

Superior performance for high-end computing
For a variety of computing applications like gaming, HD media playback, or creative software, look to WD Blue 3D NAND SATA SSDs. Western Digital 3D NAND technology helps enable sequential read speeds up to 560 MB/s and sequential write speeds up to 530 MB/s for fast system boot-ups, quick application responses, and rapid transfer speeds.

Leading-edge reliability
An SSD is designed with no moving parts to help protect against data loss if it is accidentally bumped or dropped. And with 1.75M hours MTTF (mean time to failure), up to 500 TBW (terabytes written), and several error correction technologies, WD Blue 3D NAND SATA SSDs can help guard data for years to come.

Broad compatibility
With a certification from the WD Functional Integrity Testing Lab (F.I.T. Lab), every WD Blue 3D NAND SATA SSD is verified for compatibility with a wide range of desktop and laptop computers. Every WD Blue 3D NAND SATA SSD goes through extensive compatibility and reliability testing to ensure it meets the high standards of the WD brand.

Downloadable WD SSD Dashboard and Acronis software
Monitor your drive's available capacity, operating temperatures, SMART attributes and more with the WD SSD Dashboard. Acronis True Image WD Edition software, available as a free download, can clone drives and backup your operating system, applications, settings and all of your data.
Power Consumption (Idle)
56mW (Slumber)
5-7mW (DEVSLP)
Power Consumption (Active)
52mW (Avg. Active Power)
2,050mW (Max Read Operating)
3,350mW (Max Write Operating)
Operating Temperature
0°C ~ +70°C
Storage Temperature
-55°C ~ +85°C
Max Shock Resistance
Max Vibration Resistance
Operating: 5.0 gRMS, 10-2000 Hz
Non-operating: 4.9 gRMS, 7-800 Hz

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By Nicholas Russell
Blisteringly fast!
Western digital?€™s blue product line are their mainstream (neither green or premium performance) storage products. Generally speaking, they provide a level of the performance all but the most demanding customers desire without the price premium that comes with split edge performance. That said this new m.2 interface 2280-format ssd just freaking fast. Before starting though, be sure that you know which of the two ?€œm.2?€ interfaces your motherboard supports and what format m.2 drive.To keep things in context let me first describe my test system. For this test i?€™m using a beebox-s 7200u, this is based on a 7-generation low power draw dual core i5 mobile cpu, it has 8gb of ram and runs windows 10 64bit. I fully configured the computer with all the software and utilities that it will every have before testing. Booting from the blue m.2 from cold power-on to a login screen happened in a mere 18 seconds. This is about 3 seconds faster than the conventional sata ssd that it?€™s replacing. To keep things in context, this is not as fast as the 4-core i5 desktop cpu with a pci-e interface ssd in my gaming rig but i blame that on the slower mobile cpu in the beebox-s. This western digital blue m.2 ssd itself is super-fast. Ms excel 2016 launches in a blistering 2 seconds and foobar 2000 took a whole second to launch. This is a blisteringly fast drive.
By Clyde Black
Decent value if you're stuck with sata ssds
Wd blue drives are historically known as having a good balance between price and performance. I haven't used blue drives in the past, but i have used several western digital's black drives for my primary pc and the green drives for my nas devices, before upgrading them to the red drives. I have several machines, including macs and pcs. None of them right now use anything but ssds. Three of my computers use the m.2 2280 form factor. I tested the wd blue 3d nand 500gb ssd in a dell latitude laptop with an intel core i5 6th gen (skylake) processor.This goes without saying, but in order to use the m.2 2280 ssd, your computer needs to support it. Many modern laptops in the mid to high end tend to use them. Small form factor pcs have them too, like the intel nuc. Many pre-built desktop computers do not, though, there are 3rd party motherboards you can buy that support up to two without having to use an adapter card. I believe the higher end all-in-ones may use m.2 2280 as well, like the dell xps 27, but i'm not positive.The wd blue 3d nand ssd is a sata ssd. It uses the newer 3d type of memory, as opposed to the older 2d. 3d and v-nand, which is the what samsung calls it, are the same, i believe. The point is, the memory is being manufactured by moving up (vertically), which allows for greater densities and apparently better performance. I'm unable to compare the 3d blue with the 2d, so i can't say if it's better. It's supposed to be. I can tell you that the sequential read/write speeds were basically as advertised when i tested it with crystaldiskmark. Application load times were great and system boot times were as well swift. I'm not a big fan of the wd dashboard software, because of the wd ads that cycle through, but it does have some useful information. I moved to ssds several years ago and haven't looked back. Wd is relatively new here, but they seem to be doing a decent job so far. Keep in mind that if your computer supports nvme ssds, you'll surpass sata performance by a mile.The funny thing is, the wd black nvme m.2 2280 ssd is just a tad more expensive than the wd blue, but the performance is much better. Obviously if your computer doesn't support nvme and you're stuck with sata ssds, the wd blue is a perfectly reasonable choice. Samsung has the longer track record with ssds, but western digital has a solid reputation in storage, so i have no problems recommending the wd blue 3d sata ssd.** update 9/4/17 **the price has dropped since i wrote the review, making the wd blue 3d ssd an even better value if you're looking at sata drives.
By Catherine Mitchell
High on performance and value. Not the best user experience.
As is true with many things they have chosen to combine a wide and varied array of their product models on one page. Some of them bear nothing more than a passing functional resemblance to each other, some have been around for years and others represent the newest most split technology. Please be very careful to read the fine print in the header just above each review to find out exactly which model the user is reviewing. To be clear then, this review is for the just released wd model wds500g2b0b 3d nand m.2 2280 ssdsata iii 6 gb/s drive. Hint: as of late august 2017 so far there have been no posts for it yet.While computer technology and standards have changed continuously since pc?€™s first became available to the mass market, many of those changes have leaned toward being backward compatible ?€? at least for a time until consumers catch up. Not so with what was originally known as ngff (next generation form factor), the acronym itself having evolved into simply m.2. Over a relatively short time there have (and are) several iterations of this design, not always physically interchangeable with each other. Despite wd?€™s saying that an m.2 slot is typically found on newer systems, in reality companies have been slow to incorporate m.2 into their computers, whether at the basic level or even at the premium level.When this specific first became available in late august 2017 i researched dozens of best-selling desktop computers from all of the major brands being sold at the top 10 retail sellers of computers in the u.S. And only found a small percentage of them that supported m.2 yet. Taking it a step further i went directly to the major motherboard makers themselves and again found the percentage of boards that support m.2 to be minimal. The results with laptops was more encouraging, with several of the best-selling models supporting m.2 for their primary ssd drive.Note that just supporting m.2 isn?€™t enough however, as there is more than one slot configuration, and those can be physically incompatible with each other.None of this is to say that this drive or the form-factor it represents isn?€™t a good choice, but only to say that if you are considering it and want to derive the full performance potential from it.Fortunately my use for this drive is in a very new, very high-end gaming laptop that is spec?€™d to the max with the exception that they only equipped it with a 256gb m.2 ssdsata boot drive that?€™s not the newest technology as this one from wd. I show that ssd in my photo of how it mounts to the inside of my laptop. Replacing the original drive with this one gave me twice the storage capacity and a noticeable performance boost. It?€™s worth noting that as a professional photographer i have a high degree of confidence when i choose their memory for the cameras i depend on for my livelihood (wd owns san-disk, they are the same company).This ssd is sold as the equivalent to what is known as a bare drive when you buy a traditional hard drive, which is to say you get the chip only, nothing else ?€? no mounting hardware of any type, no screws, no cables, no drivers/software, no enclosure, and important to note, no instructions of any kind. There is a small piece of paper in the box with a few words translated into dozens of languages that simply says this card is intended for professionals only and if you are not a professional you should take your computer to someone who is to install it. And for many novices and even some more advanced users who may have installed a hard drive or two the challenge dealing with this split edge technology may be more than they are able to deal with.There are plenty of professional lab tests as well as lots of amateur home-brew speed tests available to read about this drive. I won?€™t add to it by adding my own measured result, as the chances are high that it will perform differently in your own system based on dozens of different factors and forces. The only viable respond is to the question is it faster. That can be measured by simply comparing everyday real-life question split, doing an apples-to-apples comparison in the identical system, using the identical os, with the identical files. We don?€™t pay for specs; we pay for real-life performance. This drive delivers performance. In every way, performing everyday workload question it is faster ?€? noticeably faster.Is it worth it? Considering the split technology, the convenient form factor and that it comes from a recognized and trusted pioneer in hard drive technology i think it is spot on. I would only fault them on the lack of in-box documentation and the rather unusual suggestion that this product should only be installed by a professional. I think anyone who understands what this drive is should be qualified to install it and that they deserve a better first impression from wd.
By Khalid Ramstad
Great sata performance at good capacity/price
This drive marries some of the latest nand with a somewhat dated sata interface. The m.2 card format allows for compact devices, and this one runs cool. Newer m.2 devices that use pci-e interface and nvme protocol provide much better benchmarks and fringe performance, but for everyday use, this is great. I used it in our family all-in-one, which came with a 2.5" drive. It was a simple install to the available m.2 slot, followed by cloning the drive (made easier by this being a larger capacity drive), and rebooting. Being sata, it doesn't need drivers or any different configuration than a 2.5" drive.There are a ton of ssds, with quite a few m.2 options. While this does lag m.2 options such as the 960evo, it's a darn good drive from a company that makes its own nand and is committed to to industry. I wholeheartedly recommend wd blue drives.
By Herberto Peixoto
Very quick
This is an excellent ssd that packs a ton of speed and storage together. I did not have any issues on install or in use and found it to be very quick. While the price is a little on the high side, the extra speed of this drive merits it. Overall, i was very pleased with this drive and would definitely consider using another if i was putting together a high-performance system
Great ssd used for os drive. One gotcha to be wary of..
I used this ssd m.2 on a rebuild, it is working very well. Once installed and with the os loaded, other than a small gotcha described below, this ssd has been stable and fast. Happy camper.The gotcha...I've used a lot of ssds on builds before but this was my first use of an m.2 ssd. I installed a new motherboard (gigabyte ga-h270-gaming 3 lga 1151 atx intel motherboard) and did not realize that the m.2 slots were not exactly the same. The 1st slot supports sata and pci-e and the second slot only supports pci-e. This m.2 ssd is sata. Guess who put the ssd into the 2nd slot (i thought i was being smart, putting the m.2 ssd further from the cpu to keep it away from heat)... After the motherboard didn't see the ssd in the second slot, i looked closer at the manual and realized my error. Once placed into the m.2 sata slot, installing windows on this ssd was smooth sailing.Like i said.. I'm a happy camper now with this m.2 ssd.
By Philip Jones
This will be a drive that will outlast the rest of your build!
If you're in the market for upgrading your computer, or building an entire new rig and you want some of that awesome new m.2 speed this is the drive for you!Now one thing i'd like to make clear for those of you that already have a ssd in your machine, you won't see any drastic speed differential (if you ssd is fairly modern) as this m.2 is still using sata. If you want the insane read/write speeds you'll need to look into a pci-e mounted ssd, but if you're coming from a hard disk drive (hdd) you will have crazy performance boosts!This drive has tons of awesome features that are already listed in the description but something in particular i wanted to touch on was that this drive supports up to 500 tb of writes!! Ssds have had a long history of having issues with large amounts of writes corrupting the disk after time but with this m.2 you'd essentially have to wipe and format this drive 1000x before you even began to see any issue! This will be a drive that will outlast the rest of your build lol.
Reliable, fast ssd card
Super fast upgrade to my alienware gaming laptop. It works, it's fast, seems reliable so far. Not much else to say. Very happy with it.
By Dwight Obrien
Nice sata m.2 drive
This drive seems to be pretty good for a drive with a sata interface. I much prefer the m.2 form factor due to the size and lack of cables. I am using windows 10 and the latest bios and chipset drivers in my system. I as well installed the wd ssd toolbox and made sure everything was up to date and setup right there. I didn?€™t have any problems with the drive and it seems to work well. I am using the drive as a secondary drive in my ryzen 7 1700 system to install games on. The system has an asrock ab350m pro4 motherboard. Overall a good drive that i?€™d recommend if you need a sata m.2 drive.


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